Monday, March 24, 2008

Great news!

First off, I've had at least half a dozen ideas for posts pop into my head over the past week but I've been way too busy to blog. At least that's my excuse. I'm sure I'll be posting about the Storymakers conference for a while as I review my notes and digest the many words of wisdom.

Now for the news. I submitted five first chapters to the first chapter contest the LDS Storymakers held this year--the price per submission wasn't much and I knew I would get feedback, making it well worth it. Well, All my submission were in romance/womens fiction and my stories placed in both first and second! This was a really huge honor since I know there were other entries in my category that were very good. Of course, at least one of my other entries returned with some constructive criticism that will lead to my writing a whole new beginning, but that was valuable feedback as well.

Anyway, the conference was wonderful, and really gave me that kick in the pants that I needed to finish my final polish on one story, and get to work on my first place winner--which is not quite complete and in need of serious revision-plot wise. It has morphed significantly since it's first conception--as is proved by the fact that I've rewritten the first chapter at least five times. Now I have to decide exactly which path I want my characters to take, and see if my characters will accommodate my wishes. lol

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Springtime siren calling to me

Every year about the time cabin fever begins to kick in I start haunting the boards at, planning for the new growing season, and looking at the garden junk forum for ideas. Then I spend hours planning for the new season.

Last winter I spent the time hovering over a landscape plan for my yard, not to mention dozens of hours learning about raising poultry before I dared place an order for chicks, ducklings and goslings.

This winter I’ve done some planning, adjusted my landscape plans a bit—adding a bed with trees and bushes, putting up the fence to keep the birds out of my gardens, and installing the flagstone patio are my main projects for this spring. I’ve also begun working on yard decorations. Glass totems, decorated bowling balls and playing with the thought of tufa projects are all high on my list of priorities.

Of course, that means I’m not focusing as much on my writing as I should, but I haven’t let it slip completely, and the upcoming writing conference has helped me keep writing near the front of my mind.

And between gathering eggs, watching the tulips and daffodils pop up through the ground, and chasing my geese out of the neighbor’s front yard, I’ll make the time to keep writing, because I must. Even spring isn’t quite right if I’m not working on some storyline or other.

Extra note: I had planned to post pictures. Darned if I can get the pics off my camera though, so that'll have to wait for another day. Maybe I shouldn't have deleted the kodak picture software off my laptop after all.